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Thursday, 26 February 2015

"Silence of the Loakers"

Issue#89: "Silence of the Loakers"

Everyone comes to Loaker with their problems....But is he even listening?  

Notes and References:

The title and the header image is a play on "Silence of Lambs", a Horror Crime novel written by Thomas Harris in 1988. It is the second book in the Hannibal Lecter series. The novel explores the relationship between the imprisoned cannibalistic serial killer Hannibal Lecter and the young FBI trainee Clarice Starling during the manhunt for another vicious serial killer known as "Buffalo Bill". Clarice trades painful childhood memories with Lecter in exchange for assistance in capturing the other killer. One such childhood memory is of the slaughtering of lambs at a farm where Clarice stayed as a child. The book was adapted into a film in 1991 by Jonathan Demme and starred Anthony Hopkins and Jodie Foster.

The title of this issue refers to Loaker being oblivious to all the other characters who are speaking to him.

Barnaby and Kathy talk to Loaker about about the events of issue#87 "Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert" where Barnaby discovered Kathy had a new boyfriend called Barney just when he was about to profess his love for her.

Barnaby purposefully gets Kathy's new boyfriend's name wrong by calling him Benny and Bernie.

Emily Hair complains about someone not liking the colour Yellow as it is her favourite colour.

Bancroft worries that his Gremlin suit is starting to smell. He has been stuck in the suit since he started wearing it in issue#56 "Kathy and the Real Boy".

Feigenbaum realises that Loaker has been daydreaming and hasn't been listening to his friends at all. Oddly, The imaginary character is the only one that Loaker notices or hears in this issue.

Thursday, 19 February 2015

"Do Gremlins Dream of Demonic Sheep?"


Issue#88: "Do Gremlins Dream of Demonic Sheep?"

Loaker has some uneventful dreams...

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference to Philip K. Dick's 1968 sci-fi novel "Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?". The novel is set in a post apocalyptic world where a bounty hunter must hunt down six rogue androids. The novel explores what it means to be human and the blurred lines between machine and man in this futuristic world.

The novel was eventually the basis for the 1982 movie Blade Runner directed by Ridley Scott and starring Harrison Ford and Rutger Hauer.

Two Feigenbaum related objects appear in Loaker's room in the first panel-

 1. a drawing of Feigenbaum by Loaker

 2. A teddy that looks similar to Feigenbaum. The teddy or one that resembles it originally appeared in issue#66: "The Grandfather"

Loaker discovers that his dreamworld is quite dull and boring unlike Barnaby's dreams about zombies and the Wizard of Oz.

Thursday, 12 February 2015

"Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert"


Issue#87: "Barnaby Banks Loves Kathy Dudbert"

Barnaby realises that he loves Kathy....but is he too late?  

Notes and References:

Barnaby realises that he is in love with Kathy Dudbert. In previous issues it was Kathy being the one loved up usually in strips entitled "Kathy Dudbert Loves Barnaby Banks" with Barnaby failing to notice her affections.

Kathy fell out of love with Barnaby after confusing him with his doppelganger Bartleby in issue#48 "Kathy Dudbert Hates Barnaby Banks". However despite trying to move on, She still loved/loves him deep down possibly without realising it.

This is the first appearance of Kathy's new boyfriend Barney. The character purposely has a similar name to Barnaby and is meant to look like the human version of Barnaby. This is meant to show that perhaps Kathy is secretly still longing for her gremlin.

This is the first appearance of Kathy Dudbert in 2015.

Thursday, 5 February 2015

"Something Wicked This Way Comes..."

Issue#86: "Something Wicked This Way Comes..."

The evil Bartleby finally manages to return to Moloch Falls....But not for long.

Notes and References:

The title of this issue is a reference to the 1962 fantasy novel "Something Wicked This Way Comes" by Ray Bradbury. The novel is about two 13-year-old boys and their nightmarish experience when a traveling carnival comes to town.

Bartleby was last seen trapped in the Zombie Universe in issue#76 "Crisis On Mixed Up Earths...Again". It would appear that he was the sole survivor from this incident. Bartleby is seen with the head of the damaged Hairbot#4000 (the means of his escape and eventual return to the prime universe)

The opening panels of this strip are meant to emulate the time travel scene in James Cameron's 1984 sci-fi film "Terminator" starring Arnold Schwarzenegger, Linda Hamilton and Michael Biehn.

Feigenbaum is once again responsible for teleporting Bartleby away thus keeping Moloch Falls safe from the evil doppelganger. He previously did this in issue#50 "Battle of the Barnabys. Part Two."

The poster in the background of this issue has been seen before in issue#22 "Wrath of the Red Gremlin". It is from a fictional old film of the same name. The monster is meant to resemble both Barnaby and more so his evil counterpart Bartleby.

This issue marks the final appearance of Bartleby in the series. He has appeared in eleven issues in total.

Thursday, 29 January 2015

"Bancroft Rises"


Issue#85: "Bancroft Rises"

Bancroft muses over how his life has changed since wearing the gremlin suit. Emily Hair offers her opinion.

Notes and References:

The title of this issue comes from Christopher Nolan's final Batman film "The Dark Knight Rises", released in 2012 and starring Christian Bale and Tom Hardy. This issue is a little bit of a parody of the film.

Bancroft's line "Nobody cared who I was until I put on the Gremlin Suit" is a play on a line from the movie, Bane (the main antagonist) says "Nobody cared who I was until I put on the mask".

Bancroft has been wearing the gremlin suit since issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy". Kathy Dudbert created the suit for Bancroft when she agreed to go on an ill fated dated with him. It would later be revealed in issue#61: "Pookananny Hootenanny" that Bancroft is stuck in the gremlin suit.

Emily Hair points out that Bancroft's life hasn't changed since wearing the suit and how nobody really cares about him that much. This is a reference to how the character of Bancroft compares to other characters within the strip.

The character isn't as popular as the likes of Feigenbaum, Beauregarde or the gremlins, I think this is mostly down to Bancroft not being directly based on or inspired by any real people in my life.

This is the first Bancroft main issue since the Sunday specials "Gremlin and Proud" and "The Boy In The Gremlin Suit".

Thursday, 22 January 2015

"One Flew Over The Pooka's Nest"


Issue#84: "One Flew Over The Pooka's Nest"

Feigenbaum attends therapy...  

Notes and References:

The title of this issue, The Header image and the general plot is a reference to "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest", A 1962 novel written by Ken Kesey. The novel is set in an Oregon psychiatric hospital and details the lives of the patients in the hospital particularly Randle Patrick McMurphy, who has faked his insanity to avoid going to prison for battery and gambling. The novel deals with the power struggles within the hospital and speaks about the level of control that surrounds everyone on a daily basis.

A film adaptation of the novel was made in 1975 starring Jack Nicholson.

Feigenbaum mentions the usual main characters that can see him during his therapy session- Loaker, Barnaby, Emily Hair and Beauregarde.

The decision to attend therapy sessions is due to Marlo Feigenbaum's comments to his brother in issue#73: "The Family Feigenbaum".

Feigenbaum mentions that he has a bowling team and that the school teacher Mr. Alighieri who last appeared in Barnaby's zombie nightmare (issue#68- 72) can see him. He also mentions Bartleby, Barnaby's evil doppelganger, who could see him and briefly caused Feigenbaum to disappear in issue#46: "The Unimagining of Feigenbaum".

Feigenbaum's therapist is called Bromden, Although this is never mentioned in the strip. The character is named after the narrator of "One Flew Over The Cuckoo's Nest". Bromden is the third Pooka to have facial hair. The other two pookas with facial hair are- Marlo Feigenbaum and Libchaber.

Bromden's appearance is slightly based on Sigmund Freud. He is also the first pooka to appear fully dressed in the comic.

Thursday, 15 January 2015

"Bath Time With Loaker"


Issue#83: "Bath Time With Loaker"

Loaker has a bath with his rubber ducky but only one of them survives...  

Notes and References:

This issue is one of the earliest Barnaby and Loaker scripts that I have written (2013). I wasn't entirely sure if a mostly silent issue would work until I ran the idea by Louise Mackean (My mother) who convinced me that it would work.

This is the second issue to use a different header font. The first issue to do this was issue#56: "Kathy and the Real Boy".

The issue continues Loaker's gremlin-like behaviour of devouring things. Other examples of this can be seen in issue#9 "Loaker, Interrupted" and issue#31 "The Further Desolation of Moloch by Loaker Banks".

The use of a rubber ducky is partly inspired by Sesame Street's Bert and Ernie sketch where Ernie has a bath with his duckie. The sketch included a song entitled "Rubber Duckie" which was written by Jeff Moss in 1970. The song was so popular that it was nominated for a Grammy award for "Best Recording for Children". It ultimately lost to The Sesame Street Book & Record which ironically includes the Rubber Duckie song.